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    To break down

    Hello,

    I am wondering if it is convenient to say " my cellphone broke down". Do native speakers usually say this? Or is the phrasal verb " break down'' only works with machines.

    Thank you

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    Re: To break down

    Welcome to the forums, Widjden Bousmid.

    I'd say 'My mobile stopped working'. As you suppose, 'break down' is mostly used for machines.

    Actually, mobile phones rarely stop working because of technical faults. They run out of power or credit.

    'My mobile's battery/credit ran out and my car broke down'.

    (You can say 'cellphone' if you wish; it's mostly used by speakers of American English.)
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 27-Sep-2013 at 22:20.

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    Re: To break down

    Quote Originally Posted by Widjden Bousmid View Post
    Hello,

    I am wondering if it is convenient correct to say " my cellphone broke down". Do native speakers usually say this? Or is does the phrasal verb " break down'' only works with machines.

    Thank you
    I hope these corrections help you.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: To break down

    Thank you so much, this is very helpful

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    Re: To break down

    Indeed, they do. They are very much appreciated.

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    Re: To break down

    Your appreciation is welcome but there is no need to write a new post to say thank you. Simply click the Like button on any posts you find helpful. It means that we don't have to open the thread again to read your new post and then find that it doesn't include any new information or an additional question.

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    Re: To break down

    Thank you so much. My mobile drowned in the water, and it is not working anymore. So, it is better to say, "my mobile stopped working".

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    Re: To break down

    Quote Originally Posted by Widjden Bousmid View Post
    Hello,

    I am wondering if it is convenient to say " my cellphone broke down". Do native speakers usually say this? Or is the phrasal verb " break down'' only works with machines.

    Thank you
    "Cell phone" is two words. I would not use "broke down". It would be common to use "crashed" if it was a mechanical problem.

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    Re: To break down

    Quote Originally Posted by Widjden Bousmid View Post
    Thank you so much. My mobile drowned in the water, and it is not working anymore. So, it is better to say, "my mobile stopped working".
    Mobile phones don't drown! You can only drown if you are a breathing organism whose lungs fill with water (or in the case of a fish, fill with air). If you dropped your mobile phone in water then you would have to say "I dropped my mobile in the toilet/bath/sea/river/drink and now it doesn't work/now it's broken".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: To break down

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Mobile phones don't drown! You can only drown if you are a breathing organism whose lungs fill with water (or in the case of a fish, fill with air). If you dropped your mobile phone in water then you would have to say "I dropped my mobile in the toilet/bath/sea/river/drink and now it doesn't work/now it's broken".
    While I certainly agree with you from a biological standpoint, I have had several friends who complained (humorously) that their cell phones had drowned.

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